WORLD WATER DAY: Springaid International Development Water Rally 2014

Today March 22 is observed as World Water Day .The day was formally adopted in Agenda 21 of the United Nations at the conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. With World Water Day, the UN wants to raise awareness about the importance of water for all of us here on earth. The theme for this year is how we can raise the water issue and the relationship between water and energy. SpringAid International Development congratulates all those who are working the make clean water available to the poor and marginalized around the globe. Water fetching, is a hard, time consuming activity. Africa loses over 40 billion work hours yearly to time spent fetching water. Many women and girls as well as young boys suffer abuses going to fetch water early in the morning or during the evenings.

SpringAid International Development rally today aims at making our communities aware of the crisis of water and to call for all people to work together to bring this challenge to an end. Yes, we can!

Lack of clean water has serious consequences for people, especially children's health. Some facts about water scarcity can shake many of us. Around 1.1 billion people lack clean drinking water and 2.6 billion, or 40 percent of the world's people, have no access to running water or sanitation. It is clear that there are many who do not know that thousands of children die every day because of dirty water. Clean water is a human right, yet 780 million people lack access to clean water and every day over 2,000 children under five years are dying because of dirty water, lack of toilets and poor knowledge of hygiene. Most deaths are from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of clean water. Around 800,000 children under five die from diarrheal diseases each year. Ten times more people die from lack of drinking water than in wars. In areas without access to clean water women and children walk an average of one mil a day just to fetch water .Women and children in Asia and Africa often carry container with 20 liters of water on their back or head - it weighs as much as a packed suitcase. Furthermore, it must be surprising that in Nigeria or Ghana it costs three times as much to buy water compared to buying water in New York or Sweden or any other European country. If we were to give everyone access to clean water and sanitation about 2.5 million lives could be saved each year. It is clear that most of us in the West find it difficult to imagine that many people around the world lack the most basic of life.

Advocacy Department
SpringAid International Development
Chiamaka Ekwueme

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